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September 17, 2014

WGBH CELEBRATES HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

New WGBH series America By The Numbers premieres October 2 on WORLD, October 5 on WGBH 2

Hispanic Heritage Awards Ceremony to Air on WGBH

BOSTON, Mass. (September 17, 2014) – In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, WGBH will air a special schedule of programs across all its channels – WGBH 2, WGBHX 44 and WORLD – that chronicles the rich and varied history of Latinos, including a national broadcast of the Hispanic Heritage Awards live from the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C. on Monday, September 29. WGBH also will premiere America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, a new national series co-produced by WGBH dedicated to examining the new American mainstream, on the WORLD Channel on October 2 and WGBH 2 on October 5. WGBH also will air selections from season two of Finding Your Roots starting on September 23.

“WGBH is proud to celebrate the month with the premiere of our newest national production, America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, a series that shares the personal stories behind important U.S. population shifts in diversity with a public audience on WORLD Channel, WGBH 2 and PBS stations across the country,” said Liz Cheng, General Manager for WGBH Television. “WGBH is committed to examining cultural contributions, while reporting on the issues affecting people of all backgrounds.”

America By The Numberswith Maria Hinojosa, co-produced by WGBH and Futuro Media Group, is the first series to focus on the dramatic demographic shifts currently taking place in this country. As the series explores underreported stories from every corner of the nation, it reveals the human face of the biggest population change in U.S. history. The new American mainstream – the growing number of Asian, Latino, African American, mixed race, immigrant, women, youth, and LGBT individuals – is influencing elections, culture, commerce and every facet of contemporary life. America By The Numbers investigates these dynamic developments using infographics, statistical analysis, in-depth reporting and compelling storytelling with anchor and executive producer Maria Hinojosa.

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Hispanic Heritage Awards honor Latino physicians, scientists, educators, innovators, public officials, and community and business leaders who have had a positive impact on America and the world in various fields. The 2014 honorees include: the Hayden High School (Phoenix, Ariz.) Robotics Team, former Yankees centerfielder Bernie Williams, activist and designer Henry R. Munoz III, actress Zoe Saldaña, U.S. Representative Ruben Hinojosa (Texas), multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy award winner Pepe Aguilar, legendary Latin recording artist Carlos Vives and a special recognition of the 65th Infantry Regiment of the US Army, “The Borinqueneers.”

Hispanic Heritage Month extends into WGBH’s children’s schedule with a special one-hour episode of Sesame StreetNumber 15’s Quinceañera,premiering on October 6 (with a half-hour version on October 9). WGBH's full television schedule is available at wgbh.org

About WGBH

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